Fox League’s Michael Ennis believes Payne Haas will never forget being booed in his side’s comeback victory against the Titans.
From his very first carry, the 22-year-old spurred a reaction from the crowd, erupting in response to his request for an immediate release.
Haas’ management dropped the bombshell on Wednesday night, but their move was flatly rejected by the club after seeking an increase on his current deal worth around $800,000-a-season.
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Haas’ team were seeking a salary of $1 million this season and an increase to $1.2 million in 2024.
“The fans from the opening carry of this game let him know exactly how they felt about his contract situation,” Fox League’s Hannah Hollis said.
“It was pretty sad to be honest, Payne has been a great contributor for Brisbane over the last couple of years when it has been really tough,” Fox League expert Michael Ennis said.
“He had some great moments tonight and Payne went about his work as he normally does, but the fans had every right to let him know how they felt, it has been a bizarre 24 hours.
“Payne won’t ever forget that tonight, and I don’t know if he will ever be able to move past it, the fact that the Brisbane fans are really disappointed in what he had done in the last 24 hours and the way that he went about it.”
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Fox League’s Benji Marshall and Ennis believe that the fans have every right to boo after Haas’ request.
The Broncos are one of the NRL’s powerhouse clubs, and their fans clearly haven’t appreciate anyone stepping out of line, right when the tides are turning at Red Hill.
“They’d be hurting,” Hollis said.
“They have every right to be,” Ennis replied.
“That is why the boo, it is a hard one, because we are obviously not privy to all the information, but at the same time the Broncos are a massive club,” Fox League expert Benji Marshall said.
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“Their fans, they know no one is bigger than the club, and at the moment they probably feel like Payne thinks he is bigger than the club, or thinks he can dictate the terms on what his contract is.
“When the reality of it is, he is signed until 2024 on a contract that suited him when he signed the five-year deal, now he is playing better footy he probably wants a bit more money.”
“Brisbane have got every right to say no, and they have done that, rejected their request,” Ennis said.
“The Brisbane fans tonight, that was really sad.”
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